Mark House, Assistant Manager at Krohn Conservatory, recently visited a virtual meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary. Built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era, Krohn Conservatory showcases more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. The conservatory changes throughout the year with special exhibits and programs, including the ever-popular Butterfly Show where thousands of butterflies are free to fly throughout the Krohn Conservatory showroom in a specially-themed garden.

Permanent exhibits include the rainforest waterfall and exotic plants in the Palm, Tropical, Desert and Orchid houses as well.

Krohn Conservatory is located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati. FMI: https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohn/

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth Blood Center, to a virtual luncheon meeting.

Hoxworth Blood Center indicates we are in the midst of a national blood shortage brought on by the outbreak of COVID19 (coronavirus).  All eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule a donation at their earliest convenience.  As a reminder, blood donation is a safe, sterile process and there is no risk of contracting the virus by donating blood.  

You have a unique power running through your veins—the power to save lives, right here in our community. Will you help?

Why Donate Blood?

  • You can save a life close to home. Hoxworth serves more than 30 hospitals in the Tri-State, so your donation could change the life of someone in your community.
  • One donation can save up to three lives. By separating blood into components, you can help multiple people with your red cells, platelets, and plasma.
  • Pay it forward. Every five minutes, someone in the Tri-State area needs blood. You never know when you, a family member, a neighbor, or friend will need an emergency blood transfusion.
  • An hour of your time could give someone a lifetime. A whole blood donation usually takes less than an hour —and only 10 minutes of that is spent in the donation chair!

While he may be better known as a gifted musician and one of the best original country performers in the area, Dan Varner is also the Founder of the Varner Foundation. The Varner Foundation helps connect resources and fill individual gaps to help reinforce families when they need it most.

Dan and the Varner Foundation also supports NEST (Nutrition, Education, Safety, Transformation) Community Learning Center (CLC) that was founded in March 2016 with the mission to address academic and non-academic barriers that perpetuate the cycle of generational poverty in suburban communities. NEST provides sound nutrition and targeted education in a safe neighborhood environment to transform the outcome of at-risk school-age children.

Varner is an award-winning musician, singer, songwriter and producer, but many know him best as a mainstay in the tristate music scene – the Dan Varner Band. Dan’s accomplishments include:

  • Top 5 Nominee for Best Vocals at the 2018 ICMA Awards
  • Voted #1 Original Music
  • Best Singer and best original Band by EV Readers Choice Awards
  • CEA Finalist For Best Country Band

Dan has opened for country music superstars including Blake Shelton, Sara Evans, R John Michael Montgomery and many more.

To learn more about the mission and how you may support NEST, visit https://nestclc.org/.

Five, $1,000 awards to be presented to graduating seniors

APPLICATION DEADLINE ARIL 3, 2021

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary is providing five, $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to graduating seniors at local high schools.  The awards are intended to help defray college expenses.

Eligible candidates must be a graduating senior attending any Clermont or Eastern Hamilton high school (or enrolled in home school within those respective districts).  Candidates must also plan to attend an accredited college or university and have demonstrated involvement in school activities and a strong commitment to community service and the tenets of Rotary.

Scholarship applications are available at CincinnatiEastsideRotary.org/scholarships.  Top candidates will be selected for interviews and final awards will be presented at an upcoming Cincinnati Eastside Rotary meeting.  The scholarship application deadline is April 3, 2021.

Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary engages in fellowship, service and education each Wednesday during luncheon meetings that begin at noon at Ivy Hills Country Club in Newtown.  Its members represent a vast range of business, non-profit and government leaders striving to improve communities.  For more information or to join, please visit www.CincinnatiEastsideRotary.org.

Clermont County Director of Economic Development, Michael McNamara, recently joined a virtual meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club.

Before coming to Clermont County, McNamara served as Development Administrator in Butler County, a position that included Executive Director of the Butler County Port Authority and President of the Butler County Land Bank.

Prior to his most-recent role, he was Chief Deputy, Administration for the Butler County Treasurer. His career path also includes assignments at the Butler County Board of Elections, the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, Strategic Advantage Consulting, the Ohio Treasurer of State, and the Butler County Clerk of Courts.

McNamara’s visit is part of many meetings he has participated in with the goal of engaging with leaders in the community. McNamara commented that a common thread is that people are focused and optimistic and he’s happy to represent a government that is ready to do business.

For more information on economic development in Clermont County, Ohio, visit https://clermontcountyohio.biz/.

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Current District Governor, Greg Birkemeyer, recently attended a virtual luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to discuss the vision for the District and learn more about accomplishments and priorities of the Cincinnati Eastside Club.

Birkemeyer joined the Rotary Club of Dayton in 2006 and served as Club President 2013–2014. He served as Assistant District Governor 2014–2017, District Trainer 2017–2018, District Grants Subcommittee Chair 2016-2019, 4-Way Speech Contest judge 2018 & 2019, and various other district committees. Greg is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and his wife are members of the Bequest Society.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed District Governor, Greg Birkemeyer, to a virtual luncheon meeting to discuss direction and initiatives for the District and learn more about the priorities of the Cincinnati Eastside Club.

Rotary District 6670 is comprised of 48 clubs and over 2900 members in southwestern Ohio. We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more. Yes, you can make a difference!

The West Clermont High School Interact Club, sponsored by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary, helped bring holiday joy to senior citizens in the community by creating and delivering Christmas wreaths to the Forest Hills Care Center in Union Township, OH. Because of COVID restrictions, residents of the senior center had not been allowed to welcome visitors so receiving the wreaths helped lift spirits and spread holiday cheer.

The project was led by Interact Club leader, Shelby Pairan, who recruited other Interact members, as well as members of the West Clermont Art Club and Bell Choir, to create the wreaths. An added challenge for Pairan was organizing the project amid virtual learning at West Clermont.

Pairan clearly demonstrated service above self by leading this expansive team and seeing the project through to completion and even assisting in delivering the wreaths to the center.

From left, Alison Taylor, Past President and Interact Liaison, Cincinnati Eastside Rotary; Linda Mehas, Career and College Counselor, West Clermont High School; and Shelby Pairan, West Clermont Interact Club deliver Christmas Wreaths to the Forest Hills Care Center.

Shane Reinert, founder of the “Addiction” series attended a recent virtual meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to discuss how is riveting and emotional video program featured on YouTube and Facebook came to fruition. Addition is a video series dedicated to helping and encouraging people battling addiction as well educating the public on the growing health crisis.

Reinert created the program in 2016 after hearing about the devastating affects of the heroin epidemic and addiction. The series features former addicts in candid, emotional interviews sharing their stories of addition and the lasting affects on their lives and those around them.

Reinert, a Cincinnati native resides in Bethel with his wife and two sons. Reinert’s work has been featured in major media outlets and has reached millions of viewers in more than 200 countries.

Watch Reinert’s Addiction series on YouTube.

In an ordinary year, Cincinnati Eastside Rotary members would celebrate Halloween with the children of Child Focus by hosting Halloween-themed games, reading stories, and even sponsoring an indoor pumpkin patch. But even in the year of COVID, Rotarians still helped bring Halloween cheer by donating supplies so the children could use their creative talents to make their own Halloween crafts.

Take a look at these scary creations. Yes a good time was had by all!

Children of Child Focus create their 2020 pumpkin crafts from supplies provided by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary

Child Focus serves more than 20,000 children, families and adults annually through a broad range of early learning, mental health, school, foster care and community services.  Child Focus supports 12 counties and more than 68 schools in southwest Ohio through outpatient therapy, diagnostic testing, psychiatric services, partial hospitalization, mental health prevention and support services. Additionally, Child Focus offers parenting education, independent living and preparation, early learning programs, before and after school programs, and professional training.  

FMI: https://www.child-focus.org/

From left: J. Scott Robertson, Chairman, Little Fork Family Advocacy Center; Alison Taylor, Rotary; Scott O’Reilly, President, Little Fork Family Advocacy Center; Mary Eisnaugle, Rotary; Erika Yingling, Rotary

For nine years and counting, State Farm Neighborhood Assist has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations across the country to help make a difference in their communities. Cincinnati Eastside Rotary answered the call to action and championed an effort to secure a $25,000 grant for the Little Fork Family Advocacy Center to serve southwest Ohio.

The Little Fork Family Advocacy Center is envisioned to be a safe shelter in the community where a variety of specialists and support resources come together to address family challenges such as domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, suicide and drug addiction. The collaborative initiative includes Child Focus, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals and Child Protective Services all in one location.

To help secure the grant, Cincinnati Eastside Rotary spear-headed an aggressive campaign to promote the value of the Little Fork Family Advocacy Center and secure daily online votes through State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Nearly 4 million votes were cast with State Farm awarding grants to the top 40 causes. Ohio secured the most grant winners.

And check out the moment Little Fork’s Scott O’Reilly met Jake from State Farm!

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About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati-Eastside was chartered on April 5, 2013 and its nearly 50 members enjoy fellowship, service and education each Wednesday for an online meeting. Prospective members are always welcome.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary members represent a wide range of business, non-profit and government leaders.

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